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Why are some storms so much more intense on some parts of the country when on other parts of the country storms aren't as intense?

This question occurred to me because I live in Arizona and we do get some pretty intense storms, but for the most part it is just a little drizzle here and there. But in this video when I was looking at these photos I realized that those storms have to be intense and wild when they occur. Thats why I was wondering why in some parts of the US storms are more intense then in other parts of the US? Is it because of the elevation, location, plants, air, etc. What causes these storms to be so different in different locations?

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  • Aug 6 2013: I think it is because of geological difference. But the important thing is people's perception that disaster also could be our own affair. They should help each other to overcome the despair as soon as possible. Human do not prevent natural disasters or kind of catastrophe but it depends on individuals' responsibility how fast they will be freed from that disaster.
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    Aug 5 2013: Hi Kayla. The great plains of Norht America are the perfect breeding ground for the most intense storms. This video explains if pretty well.